I've been committed to working out at home for two years now. Something about going to the gym for 30-40 minutes to touch equipment 60 other people used, not trusting the bathrooms and having to brave Atlanta traffic just doesn't sit right with me. You also pay for that lol. I have hit all of my fitness goals by buying all the equipment I need on Amazon and finding my favorite YouTube trainers. Here's my schedule and a few trainers I love:
High Intensity Interval Training
Low Impact Cardio (Days I'm not feeling well)
Trainers: MadFit, Massy Arias
Upper Body Training
Trainer: Fitness Blender
Booty & Leg Day
Trainers: Fitness Blender, MadFit, Joie in Life
Trainer: Yoga with Adriene
Trainer: Dansique Fitness
Trainers: Blogilates, Chloe Ting
Monday through Friday, I also do a 5-minute ab circuit before or after breakfast to maintain my abs.
How to Stay Motivated
1. Put it on your to-do list.
Schedule your workouts like you do your meetings, nail and lash appointments, and any other priorities. When you look at your list and realize it's not done, you'll be excited to check it off.
2. Know your body.
I like to work out in the mornings. I know I feel less anxious throughout the day if I'm not thinking about how I still have to change into workout clothes, lay out my mat and do burpees or sumo squats. I also feel more confident knowing I prioritized myself and got so much done so early in the day. So, if you feel most confident and energized by taking it easy in the morning, then schedule your workouts for evenings.
3. Choose cute workout clothes and equipment.
It's like those days you laid out your first day of school fit. Do the same with your fitness gear. Get kettlebells, weights, mats, etc. in your favorite colors and designs. You'll feel more compelled to wear and use them!
4. Set attainable goals.
If you excessively worry about your weight, try not stepping on the scale for a while. If you find yourself comparing your body to everyone else's, unfollow them and follow women in fitness whose body types are more similar to yours. Then, start setting goals to be stronger mentally and physically. If it normally takes you forever to do 10 push-ups, set a goal to be the Push-Up Queen by the end of the month. If you normally can't make it through a 30+ minute video, repeat it once or twice a week until you can! You got this!
5. Stop doing workouts you hate!!!
I mean it. Just because others love mountain climbers, deadlifts, etc. doesn't meant you have to. If minimal equipment makes you happy, there are PLENTY of workouts for you. If you'd rather do more Pilates and yoga than kickboxing and HIIT, that's fine too! Do what you find yourself actually looking forward to doing, and you'll naturally be more consistent.
Whatever workouts you choose, just keep it moving! Your body is beautiful and strong, and so are you. Let me know if any of these tips worked.
Thanks for hanging with me! See you in two weeks.
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Remember when you used to be running errands with your parents (or guardian(s) in the early '00s, and you would actually listen to the radio? Because it was always good? No AUX cord (we didn't have them anyway), no need to turn it off and ride in silence? Just back to back hits? These songs will always bring back that nostalgia. Also, they'll remind you of when you and your friends started driving and would all pack into one car and blast music. Enjoy! The weather is warmer!
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